I like both Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust. It's a lot of fun because the books take place in the 1980s, making it almost a period piece. No cell phones, no internet - so if you want info, you have to go to a place and look at a piece of paper - it all adds to the suspense and the plot. I am married to a Brit, and I'm pretty neurotic while he's quite well-adjusted, so all the culture-clash (both in country and family experience) is very rich and enjoyable. These are a great mix of mystery, romance and ghostie things.
Tight plotting, suspense, romance, history and a healthy dose of humor as well. I stayed up way late to finish this.
As a bonus I'm learning a lot about archeology from Ms. Carl, along with all the romance and suspense and stuff. Her books have so many levels and layers that they will stand up to several re-readings.
The book gets four stars for plot and two stars for character development. Everyone other than Jeremy and PO Salter might just as well be cardboard.
Also, please do not think that if you read this book that you will know what autistic people are like. Jermey doesn't have a "form of autism." Jeremy does have developmental delays, but so do people with Downs, with mental retardation and a hundred other conditions.
People do not develop autism as a result of an illness. Autism is present from birth and it is a difference in brain structure. If it's not present from birth, it's not autism. If he could speak till he was 10, and lost his speech because of an illness, that's not autism.
Jeremy's rich language-based thinking is not at all consistent with autism. That would be why, in the words of the author, "it appears like autism but we never got a definitive diagnosis."
I would like to see the "autism" tag removed. It's inappropriate.
When the disgraced archeologist finds the tomb of the ancient Egyptian sorceress he and his friends go traveling. They explore different places and times, but the author doesn't handle transitions well so the novel seems quite disjointed. This book would be better if the author would take the time to develop the characters and their backgrounds and motivations, rather than just forging ahead excitedly with the cool plots. Unfortunately a lot of the sections seem gimmicky; if they were fleshed out and more subtle this would be a very enjoyable book.
I read Deep Crossing, the second Adrian Tarn book first, before I found that it was a series. Usually I dislike that, because I don't like knowing some of what's already happened.
However, I loved Fatal Boarding anyway. I love books with well-developed characters that you can envision and care about, and ER Mason is really good at this. Adrian Tarn is great character and I really hope to see more books in this series.
At the beginning, the book seemed like a farce about a goddess with OCD and cliched romance, he's annoying, she doesn't like him but he really turns her on. Wacky, madcap adventures, not a terribly coherent plotline. The characters are paper-thin but it's not a terrible book for the price of free.
About 2/3 of the way through, the book morphs into a philosophy tract, attempting and failing to explain life, the universe and everything. It fails.
And, typos. Odin does not sit on a thrown.